I have a fascination with candied citrus. It’s delicious, particularly when well executed and dipped in dark chocolate. I credit this to my Grandmother. She loved strips of candied orange rind but only the real stuff – no terrible orange jelly strips in cheap, waxy chocolate for her! Oh no, it was the expensive, slowly candied rind dipped in high quality dark chocolate or nothing. On my visits to Chicago, we’d wander down to the basement of Marshall Fields and find our way among the beautiful candy counters, looking for just the right treats. Oh how I miss Marshall Fields and their beautiful candy department! It’s just not the same these days, not even close.
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Posted in cakes, chocolate, tagged candied citrus, candied clementine slices, candied orange slices, chocolate angelfood, fat free chocolate cake, orange chocolate angel food cake, orange chocolate angel food cake with candied clementines, orange chocolate cake, recipes that use a lot of egg whites on February 12, 2016 | 2 Comments »
Did you know today is World Nutella Day? Well, it is. And that’s a thing. A world wide celebration of that delightful combination of chocolate and nuts that people audaciously present as a “breakfast” treat. This always cracks me up. Breakfast! Snort! No question, it is delicious but I give the breakfast angle a suspicious eye. Sugar, chocolate and hazelnuts is a treat, not necessarily a daily part of a healthy breakfast. But that’s just my opinion; to each his own. Now then, as important as World Nutella Day may be, do you also know today is something even better? IT IS INTERNATIONAL CLASH DAY PEOPLE!!! Fire up the iTunes and play the only band that matters for the next 24 hours. While eating nutella. That’s a pretty great way to spend a Friday. You’re welcome.
Well, it’s Christmas and we’re off to a rough start in this household. My mother and I spent 4 hours shopping for all the Christmas dinner necessities yesterday and realized at lunch we forgot about 52 things. It’s not Christmas until you run to the store 17 times, I suppose. Then, in the capper of all things, she looked into the kitchen last night and said, “Why is there smoke billowing out of my oven?” Yes mom that would be the pizza box you forgot was in there before you turned the damn thing to 400 degrees. My sister pulled into the driveway at this exact moment to smoke pouring out of windows, fire alarms screeching, the two of us yelling and coughing and waving newspapers around in some strange ritual dance. Chaos. Complete chaos and the house still smells like a bbq. Merry Christmas indeed.
Posted in cakes, chocolate, tagged best chocolate cake recipe, best chocolate cupcake recipe, creme filled chocolate cupcakes, homemade creme filled cupcakes, homemade hostess cupcakes on February 18, 2014 | 6 Comments »
My heart broke a little last year when I heard Hostess was declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operation. No more Twinkies, no Snoballs … no more Cupcakes with their characteristic squiggle line. What was a girl to do? These were the treats of grade school field trips, the only time my mother would buy them and slip one into my lunch sack as a special treat. I would jealously protect that bag on the bus, making sure those bratty boys didn’t sit on it and squash my treasure. At lunch, I’d almost always go for the cupcake first, pulling off the hard chewy icing for later. I’d suck out the crème filling before devouring the cake and finish with the treasured icing. It was how things were done. C’mon, I know I wasn’t the only one who did this.
Posted in cakes, holidays, tagged fancy christmas desserts, pumpkin cream cheese cake, pumpkin cream cheese roulade, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin jelly roll, pumpkin roll cake, pumpkin roulade with pumpkin spice caramel sauce, pumpkin spice caramel sauce on December 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Early in our adult life, a former boyfriend and I couldn’t always afford to buy plane tickets home to Arizona for the holidays. This made me a little sad, as Christmas is quite the thing in my family. Being poor was depressing enough but missing our traditional holiday meals only compounded the situation. No Christmas Eve oysters? No pierogies? No crazy cooking marathon with my mom or opening stockings on Christmas morning like when we were kids? Exchanging gifts isn’t nearly as fun when you’re not there to see the recipients face. Luckily we had some family nearby and many friends who were happy to invite us to their celebrations, and this helped. One year, we were invited to the family home of a good friends girlfriend for what became a rather memorable Christmas.